Richard Klein has been a corporate real estate professional for over 30 years. For the first 10 years of his career, Mr. Klein was the leasing director for the two largest landlord/developers in Chicago, Metropolitan Structures and Tishman Speyer Properties. During that time, he was the leasing director for more than 7 million square feet of first class office space. In addition to office leasing, Mr. Klein was also responsible for 300,000 square feet of retail space at the Illinois Center Development. Mr. Klein’s leasing director responsibilities included One Illinois Center (111 East Wacker Drive, 1 million/sf), Two Illinois Center (233 North Michigan Avenue 1 million/sf), Three Illinois Center (303 East Wacker Drive, 800,000/sf), 401 North Michigan Avenue, 225 North Michigan Avenue (1 million /sf), 205 North Michigan Avenue (1 million/sf), 222 North LaSalle Street (1 million/sf), 10 and 120 South Riverside Plaza (800,000/sf each), 547 West Jackson Blvd and Illinois Center Retail (300,000/sf).
Mr. Klein is a national leader in advising tenants for their corporate real estate needs. He has used the experience, knowledge, expertise and extensive network that he gleaned from the landlord side of the table to provide aggressive advocacy for his clients. During his career, Mr. Klein has negotiated more than 900 leases totaling more than 6 million square feet with a value in excess of $3.5 billion. His clients have included: Kemper Financial Services, Altair Corporation, Commodities Corporation, Radiological Society of North America, KPMG, ESPN and the Illinois Housing Development Corporation.
Mr. Klein graduated with distinction from the University of Illinois. In 1979, he founded the Downtown Real Estate Softball League comprising entirely corporate real estate professionals and continues to be the league commissioner. He is active with the Pediatric Aids Foundation, Buoniconti Fund for Spinal Chord Research and other charitable foundations.